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GENOMES & DISEASE

'We investigate the patterns and mechanisms of genomic variation in disease'

Alicia L. Bruzos, PhD student | Cancer Transmissibility

Biologist and bioinformatician | albruzos@gmail.com | ORCID: 0000-0003-4362-545X ResearchGate | LinkedIn | Twitter: @BruzosAliciaL | Instagram

With a background of cancer genomics collaborating in the PanCancer Initiative, I am currently studying the genetic causes of cockle transmissible cancers within the framework of Scuba Cancers ERC project. I am a wanderlust soul with a strong desire to explore the world.

EDUCATION

LANGUAGES

English (C1 – CAE certification in December 2014), French (B2 – DELF certification in May 2020), Galician (C1 – Celga certification in July 2011), Spanish (native).

RESEARCH STAYS

Period Institution/Country Funding Advisor Reason
Sep-Dec 2018 Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI), Seattle (USA) Spanish Ministry of Science (Ref. BES-2016-078166) PhD. Michael Metzger Gene editing using CRISPR
Mar-Apr 2019 National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway (Ireland) AssemblePlus (grant agreement no. 730984) Prof. Mark Johnson Clonal structure of transmissible cancers in Irish cockles
Oct-Dec 2020 Universidade de Vigo (UVIGO), Vigo (Spain) NA Prof. David Posada Phylogenetics analysis
Jan-Apr 2021 Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (South Korea) Boheringer Ingelheim Fonds Prof. Young Seok Ju Differential expression and other RNA-seq analysis

PUBLICATIONS

Articles:
Pan-cancer analysis of whole genomes reveals driver rearrangements promoted by LINE-1 retrotransposition. Rodriguez-Martin, B. et al. (Includes Bruzos, A.L.). Nature Genetics (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-019-0562-0

Pan-cancer analysis of whole genomes. Campbell, P.J. et al. (Includes Bruzos, A.L.). Nature 578, 82–93 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-1969-6

Mitochondrial genome sequencing of marine leukemias reveals cancer contagion between clam species in the Seas of Southern Europe. García-Souto, D.#, Bruzos, A.L.#; Díaz-Costas, S.# et al. BioRxiv. Under review. (#equal contribution)

Book chapters:

Bruzos A.L. et al. 2019. “WGS y cromosomas de berberechos con cáncer transmisible: efectos en la integridad del ADN”. Book chapter in: Rey-Méndez M., et al. Foro dos Recursos Mariños e da Acuicultura das Rías Galegas. 22: 265-273. ISBN: 978-84-09-19360-8; legal deposit: C 2014-2016

Bruzos A.L. et al. 2017. "Genoma de referencia de berberecho: estimación de su tamaño". Jóvenes investigadores, 47-51. ISBN: 978-84-945079-9-1; legal deposit: S.469-2017.

Bruzos A.L. et al. 2017. “Primeros pasos para decodificar el genoma de berberecho, Cerastoderma edule”. Book chapter in: Rey-Méndez M., et al. Foro dos Recursos Mariños e da Acuicultura das Rías Galegas. 20: 227-237. ISBN: 978-84-09-01474-3

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES (last 5 years)

2019 "Scuba Cancers: finding the genetic causes of contagious metastases under the sea" Evolution and Ecology of Cancer. Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton-Cambridge (UK).

2017 "Finding the genetic causes of contagious metastases under the sea" Assemblée Générale EMBRC-France. EMBRC, Bannyuls-sur-mer (France).

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS (last 10 years)

# Award or fellowship
2021 Travel grant. Boheringer Ingelheim Fonds, Germany.
2019 Best Scientific Panel Prize. XXII Foro dos Recursos Mariños e da Acuicultura das Rías Galegas (ForoACUI), Spain.
2017 EuroMarine Young Scientist Fellowship Programme (EYSF). Universidade de Vigo & European Marine Research Network, Spain.
2017 Best Scientific Panel Prize. XX Foro dos Recursos Mariños e da Acuicultura das Rías Galegas (ForoACUI), Spain. First place.
2017 National PhD fellowship. Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitivity (Ref. BES-2016-078166).
2015 National Speech Competition: “Transmito, luego existo”. Finalist.
2013 Erasmus Scholarship. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. One academic year to study abroad.
2013 Open Software Translation Award. Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñaría (ETSE). First place.

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